Friday, January 13, 2012

Harquahala Mountain

Last Saturday we decided, on the spur of the moment, to go on a Jeep run. We needed something relatively close and easy as Kathy had to work that night. We decided to do the Harquahala Mountain trail. It seems that the trail books rate this as a moderate trail but the clubs rate it easy. I would have to say it seemed pretty easy to me.

The trail is southwest of Wickenberg, AZ near the town of Aguila. The trail was not too hard to find and there is a small staging area with a vault toilet and some info. There are a couple of picnic tables as well.

There is also this impressive sign.

The Jeep was nice and clean before we started. It had just been washed the day before but a clean Jeep looks strange.

The road is very well maintained for the majority of the trip.

As you get near the top the road gets steeper and the rocks are a little looser. None of this really posed an issue.

Here is the Jeep at the top. Not too dusty, not as much as I was expecting. There is some radio equipment and solar panels in the background.

There is also an old observatory at the top. There is not much of it left to look at and even the information kiosks are empty. It was built in 1920 and only used for 5 years and that is about all I know. I imagine that trail would have been a little tougher in a Model T.

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